Reverb Imperial Pilsner | Boulevard Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
85
very good
335 Ratings
Reverb Imperial PilsnerReverb Imperial Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
With its classic recipe and impeccable craftsmanship, this summer seasonal is a study in delicately balanced contrasts. Up front, Pilsner malt makes a clear yet restrained statement, answered by the steady, harmonious hum of Saaz hops, traces of which linger in the dry, crisp finish.

32 IBU

Added by Reaper16 on 08-18-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
335
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.8/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of felix_the_beer_cat
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Feeling like a Pilsner lately.
Went to Whole Foods and picked up a Reverb bottle.
Chilled it for a few hours - popped the cork - poured out a glass... wow!
The Beer Cat is looking at his wife and ready to pounce on her!

Seriously, I drink cause it makes me horney and this beer is it! Other then Delirium, Reverb is the one! Will report back after the coitus has taken place :)

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Photo of tigg924
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at Driftwood Tavern--Plymouth

Appearance: minimal head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: grass, grain, and toasted malt

Taste: grass, light honey, some grain, and a decent hop in the middle

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with a bitter middle, medium carbonation

Overall: I generally do not like this style but like Boulevard so I figured I would give this a try. The problem I have with most versions of the style is that the way breweries imperialize pilsners is by adding massive amounts of hops or alcohol. When that happens, the grassiness and some of the refreshing qualities I like about regular pilsners get taken away. Boulevard is the first brewery I have tasted that still has a lot of the pilsner taste I like in their imperial version. The alcohol is upped, but I do not feel like I am choking on it. This is a very good beer and one I will get again. If I was not grading to style, it is probably closer to a 4, but it blows away every other example I have had in the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

I am in general a big fan of so-called Imperial Pilsners as they are a lot like a hoppier, lighter maibock, and this is an excellent one.

Gold, it has a very big white head, airy and slowly shrinking.

Aroma is strong, lightly toasty, raisiny grain, white bread, apples, grass, fruit skins (apple).

Taste is nice raisiny breadiness, apples, grassy-fruit skin bitterness with hint of herb. Zesty zingy bitter hop character dominates after up-front sweetness up front, but lots of sweetness and bitterness. It's excellent with lingering sweet and bitter, bread and grassy herb.

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4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P:  Slight hazed effervescent golden straw body with a creamy froth if white head with good retention. 

S:  Pilsner malt, lemon zest, orange peel, Orbit bubble mint gum, up front saaz, lemongrass, fresh grains, honey and acidic phenol aroma.  Refreshing and clean. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose but is sweeter. Sunny grains, orchard fruit, herbal bubble mint, grapefruit, black pepper, wheat, lemon dish soap, and a balanced acidity.  Carbonated body that tingles the tongue and finishes dry. Lingering grapefruit, sourdough and timid booze.  Once the bottle was gone I had a lingering in my mouth of sharp cheddar. 

O:  I list for this beer. It's so balanced, fresh, and complex all at the same time. This 750 went quick. I want to grab more of this right now. Too bad it's too late. Oh well i can grab more in a few days and you can be sure I will. Stop what your doing and go get Reverb. 

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Beer Kitchen in KCMO. Poured into a 5 oz. tasting glass.

It pours a deep golden hue, although it's not opaque. Surprisingly clear for an Imp Pils, nothing wrong with that. Looks like a delicious pils. Could have been a little better with the head retention, certainly from an Imp pils.

It smelled of pale malt and noble hops. Not much to say here, however, it smelled great.

I'm not sure I like this being a smokestack. Please, Boulevard, make this a normal 6 packer! I love pilsners, and an Imp Pils is like a special version with even more pale malt and even more alcohol. Super malty, with a tangy hop presence that balanced it out quite well. Very sweet, almost juicy.

Mouthfeel was superb, very soft but not quite imperial. It was a bit light.

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4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another Smokestack Series Bully Beer that doesn't disappoint.

A deep straw, pale golden color pour. Has a bit of an orange tinge to it. White fluffy heads develops to about 2 fingers then relaxes.

A quick release of corn on the aroma, but then settles to a light cracker and biscuit maltiness. Some spices and fruit comes and go, with white pepper being the most noticeable

Flavor has that corn undertone, but it doesn't play very hard, which is nice. The malt is dominant with cracker and biscuit. The hops play an important fruity/ spicy role so as to not let the malt dominate and have the corn come back around.
Sharp and dry finish, a bit boozy. Very nice

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Photo of dwilkins
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow and cloudy - a bit too light for a pilsner. I have the impression that the cloudiness causes it to be more yellow than golden. A white, wispy, but minimal head persists during the entire glass - perfect for a pilsner head.

S - Cream corn with light maltiness coming through. A fault in anything but a pilsner, IMHO.

T - Very clean, very light malt flavor predominates. A little less hoppy than many pilsners. No citrus, fruit, kiwi/schwimi. A pilsner should be cleanly malty and this delivers. No hint whatsoever that it is boozy. I may detect just a bit of mustiness (some Tank 7 funk?).

M - Thick, chewy body as far as pilsners go. This is consistent with what I think I should find in an "Imperial" pilsner.

O - Wonderful. As a pilsner, it is ok. As an imperial pilsner, it is quite delicious and what I imagine it should be. I could easily get carried away with this as it hides its 7.7 ABV well.

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4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle -- best by 04/13 -- served into a tulip glass

Before getting into this beer, I have to commend the label art. The label features an old tube amp, with "Reverb Imperial Pilsner" where "Fender" would normally be. There's an assortment of dials on the amp, but if you look closely those dials aren't labeled "volume" or "treble" or etc. They're labeled after the beer's stats! There's three dials on the "Kettle" section of the amp -- "water," "malt," and "hops." Then there's a "Ferment" section with the following dials: "Orig. Grav," "Final Grav," "EBC," "IBU," "ABV," and "Conditioning." Each dial is set to what the beer's approximate values might be on such a dial. Super cool.

Anyway, Reverb pours a somewhat hazy light golden yellow color. It doesn't look dissimilar to Hoegaarden. 1.5 fingers of rocky white head bubble up and the retention is pretty fantastic.

Reverb's aroma is much more nuanced and expressive than it was on the draft version I reviewed last night. Right away, this beer sends up notes of white flowers, pollen, lime peel, metal, plant stalk, and of course a whole lot of pilsner malt. Clean, nutty pilsner malt dominates this beer, but the hops -- what I can only presume is a ton of Saaz -- give off so many accentuating notes. The yeast doesn't get in the way (this is a lager, after all). It's lovely.

The taste of the bottled version doesn't live up to the aroma. This is definitely an imperial pilsner for fans of the pilsner style. Pound for pound, I'd say that Prima Pils or even Noble Pils are hoppier examples of the pilsner family. Reverb, while mostly balanced, ultimately lies on the side of maltiness. Tons of pilsner malt -- so much that this tastes luxurious or something, almost buttery. The Saaz brightens things up, especially on the finish, with its green and floral notes. It's definitely tasty, but I think additional hops would only heighten what is already strong about this beer.

The mouthfeel is also improved in the bottle. It's still a bit more flabby than I would prefer from a pils, but there's a good crispness and dryness to it just the same.

Overall, this is a very good imperial pilsner. It's tasty, refreshing, and nuanced. It shouldn't have replaced the world-class Two Jokers by any means, but Reverb is a beer that I'm glad exists.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy straw under a fine 1” bone white head that slowly dissipates to a thick film that produces good lace. Spicy nose with light grains. Bread and grainy malt lead the palate to a drying, crisp finish with a touch of tartness. Medium body and medium to medium high carbonation. Full flavored but well balanced with a pleasant bitter hop accent on the finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2012-1
(Served in a teku)

A- The clear dandelion yellow body has a slow carbonation with a thick bubbly snow white head. The second pour is full on hazy.

S- Herbal Noble hops have a cream aroma to them and are full but very mellow.

T- The big pils malt has a slight sweetness to it that adds to the freshness taste followed by a mellow green Noble hops with a soft dry field corn note in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a great full flavor of Pils malt with just a hint of sweetness to make it fresh and nice full rounded hops without becoming bitey and no sulfur harshness either.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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Reverb Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 335 ratings.
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